Stuff by Will Grandbois

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    Cops bust teens for pilfering pot plants

    Three Carbondale teenagers — one of whom is implicated in another crime — have been arrested and charged with felony burglary after they allegedly stole pot plants from a private, back-yard garden over a period of weeks earlier this summer. The three are to appear in court on Oct. 8 to learn exactly which formal charges they are facing, which likely will include underage possession of pot, according to Deputy District Attorney Tony Hershey of the Ninth Judicial District Attorney’s office. The identities of the three are being withheld because they are minors, according to Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. All three, Schilling said, were arrested and released into the custody of their parents. read more →
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    Roundabout slated to open on Sept. 29

    Song request for KDNK at exactly 7 a.m. on Sept. 29: “Roundabout” by Yes from their 1971 album “Fragile.” That’s the time and date the Colorado Department of Transportation plans to open the Highway 133/Main Street roundabout to through traffic. It’s a day that some locals have dreaded, some have welcomed because they are sick of construction at that intersection, and that a few don’t much care about. In any case, the biggest change to Highway 133 since a traffic signal was installed at Main Street about 30 years ago is not big enough to warrant a police presence to ensure that motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians successfully navigate the new spin cycle on opening day. “Unless we get some calls, I don’t think anyone (a police officer) will be there,” said Carbondale Police Chief Gene Schilling. read more →
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    Plug in to the Electric Vehicle Rally of The Rockies

    On Oct. 3, prepare yourself to spot electric vehicles (EV’s for short) cruising the I-70 corridor. The cars will be marked with placards noting the Electric Vehicle Rally of The Rockies and the drivers are encouraged to wear costumes, expanding on the fun factor for the affair. The event — hosted by Garfield Clean Energy, CLEER, Colorado Mountain College, CORE and the city of Aspen — is drawing attention to the availability of EV charging stations from Grand Junction to Vail. The idea is to promote EV tourism in the central Colorado Rockies. read more →
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    Students fuel drive for RFHS solar array, school board gives OK

    There is something incredible about watching a dream one has had for years finally come true. For us and all members of the Roaring Fork High School Energy Club, that is what is happening now. After years of trying, we have cleared the final hurdle and are now on the way to getting solar panels at our school. On Sept. 10, a proposal for installing solar panels at Roaring Fork High School was passed unanimously by the school board. Within a year, the solar array, which will provide 100 percent of the school’s electrical energy, will be outside our library windows. The 379 kW solar array will also be installed with no upfront cost to the Roaring Fork School District. read more →
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    Carbondale’s creative district process continues

    In June, the Carbondale historic downtown core was accepted as one of seven new candidates for Colorado’s Creative District program. The program, which is sponsored by Colorado Creative Industries (a division of the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade), brought two years of grant money with it. Carbondale’s Creative District program will receive $10,000 in planning and development money this year and again next year. In year three, Carbondale’s creative district aims to achieve certification, receiving an additional $15,000. read more →
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    Peace Garden a “gift” to Carbondale

    Amid laughing children and a dozen other walkers, Alejandro Rico paces with Zen-like focus. Her sandals dangling from one hand, her eyes half closed, she steps barefoot from one slab of honey-colored sandstone to another. After completing the labyrinth, Rico, a Carbondale librarian, reflects, “I wasn’t conscious of walking. I was letting the experience take me where it would go. It took me in memories to times that were deeply beautiful and important to me.” read more →
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    Town grappling with bears, trash is the problem

    Carbondale’s ongoing battle with garbage-eating bruins appears ready to move into a new phase, following a decision by the board of trustees on Tuesday to try to make residents more responsible in terms of putting out the trash every week. Trustee Frosty Merriott, at the board’s regular meeting on Tuesday, suggested the town should tighten up its own regulations regarding trash pickup, and somehow exempt itself from the “two strikes and you’re out” rule that results in the death of bears at the hands of local law enforcement and Colorado Parks and Wildlife. read more →
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    Chamber Expo features retail/tourism authority

    Each fall, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce hosts its annual Business Conference & Expo. The annual two-day event combines fun and education while supporting the community, the Carbondale Chamber of Commerce and businesses throughout the valley. This year, the Drop into Carbondale event is presented by Colorado Mountain College. The Business Conference and Expo will be held at the Gathering Center/Orchard from 8 a.m. to noon on Sept. 18. “On average, we draw 100-plus attendees from the Roaring Fork Valley, the Western Slope and beyond,” said chamber director Andrea Stewart. The conference attendees take part in educational presentations, visit vendor booths that feature more than 20 local and regional businesses and engage in a networking session. read more →
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    Users love library, want more

    Bonedalians love their library, but they would love it even more if it had a fireplace. Or a coffee bar. Or both! These were among the ideas tossed out last week at a planning meeting held for the Carbondale Branch Library. Among the 48 people who attended the library’s brainstorming session were Joanie Anderson, her husband, and two daughters. “We came because we’re big users of the library,” she told The Sopris Sun. “My girls come looking for books and I’m in a ukulele group, so I’m here every first and third Monday. They do so many great programs here.” After eight roundtable groups engaged in discussion and displayed their ideas on the wall, it turned out that many of the wished-for programs already existed. Library manager Mollie Honan noted that the library offers about 30 different programs for kids, along with adult programs that range from computer basics to research services. Apparently, many patrons don’t know about those programs. read more →
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    Strang Ranch ready for National Sheepdog championships

    North America’s top handlers and their canny sheepdogs will square off against wily, wild Colorado range sheep on Sept. 9-14 at Strang Ranch on Missouri Heights for the 2014 National Sheepdog championship title. The national finals are a partnership between the U.S. Border Collie Handlers’ Association, Aspen Valley Land Trust and Strang Ranch, according to a press release. It showcases not only a premier herding competition, but the Strang family’s commitment to land conservation and support of the Aspen Valley Land Trust. “It’s about our western heritage. That’s what’s important to me,” said event organizer Bridget Strang. For Alasdair MacRae, the 2011 winner — the last year the finals were held at Strang Ranch — the finals are a challenging test of “the dogs’ patience, perseverance, stamina and skill. It’s a very exciting spectacle.” read more →